Adobe Illustrator Hidden Gems & Adobe Stock Tips and Tricks with Adobe Illustrator & using Adobe Stock

Illustrator: Hidden Gems

Illustrator is full of secrets. Join us as we dive deep and explore live paint, transparencies, masking, and shortcuts that will save you time. Also, learn how Adobe Stock gives you the ability to access millions of images, graphics and videos built right into Illustrator and all your favorite Adobe apps.

What you’ll learn:

  1. Production shortcuts to save you time.
  2. Tips for creating shapes.
  3. How to work with live paint.
  4. Working with image trace to create different results.
  5. Delve into transparencies and learn how to mask.
  6. How to work with Adobe Stock assets and Creative Cloud Libraries.
  7. The millions of assets (photos, videos, illustrations, graphics, and vectors) in Adobe Stock and how to get started.

The industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography, and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video, & mobile.

Production Shortcuts

Hide & show Objects. Lock & Unlock Objects.

1. Select the Object.
2 .Command/Control 2 to Lock the Object. Comand Option 2/Control Alt 2 to unlock the Object.
3. Select the Object.
4. Command/Control 3 to Hide the Object. Command Option 3 /Control Alt 3 to Show the Object.

Clean Up...

Before going to print or upload the project make sure: Stray Point, Unpainted Objects and Empty Text Path are cleaned up and not part of the final image.

1. Select All > Command A or Control A. 2. Object>Path>Clean Up...

Split Into A Grid

Easy way to create a grid or divide an object into rows & Columns.

Object> Path > Split Into Grid

1. Draw an Object. 2. Object>Path>Split Into Grid. 3. Select number of Rows and Columns & add Guides. 4. Double Click on an Object to Isolate. 5. Recolor, change shape.

Object Mosaic

Object Mosaic Filter will add Rows and Columns on top of the pixel based image.

The image cannot be linked to the file. You will need to embed it before applying the filter. This will allow you to create effects without changing the original, & can be a fast way to create colors from an image.

Place an Embedded Image.
Create Rows and Columns
Add Strokes.
Object Mosaic in a group
Creating colors. Use Appearance Panel for Effects
Use Illustrator Effects
Pucker & Bloat
Feather the Image

Live Paint

Live Paint allows you to paint objects by the visual boundaries that they form and not by their structure. This will allow you to paint areas that are not physically closed or semi-closed. Live Paint will let you paint based on appearance and by using the Live Paint Selection tool you can apply different attributes and edit it if needed.

10 shapes selected.
Object>Live Paint>Make Shortcut: Command Option X. Control Alt X. Or use the Live Paint Bucket (K) to make a Live Paint Group.
Double click on the Live Paint Bucket for Options.
Color the image with Live Paint Bucket. Use the keyboard arrow keys to select colors.
Creating Live Paint group using 4 lines to create a middle area that looks like a closed object. The structure is 4 lines only. The appearance shows a closed shape.
Creating Live Paint Group
Add extra areas to the Live Paint group by merging the new line, adding it to the group or isolating the shapes and than adding line.
Selecting the path or shape with Live Paint Selection tool.
Deleting the area selected with the Live Paint Tool.
Using the Apperance Panel adding a stroke to the shapes
Live Paint area that is semi-closed. The Gap Option is selected.
Gap Options not selected. The Live Paint area has no color
Live Paint Object Expanded

Opacity Mask

Opacity Mask Vs. Clipping Mask:

Opacity Mask and Clipping Mask are two of the most used tools in Illustrator workflow. They allow you to reveal or hide artwork without deleting any paths.

Clipping Mask is applied against all paths/objects within a layer. Opacity Masks are gray-scale Maps applied against individual paths/objects only. The only exception is that an Opacity Mask may be applied against a set of objects if they are grouped.

Creating An Opacity Mask

1. Create a shape or type. 2. Select the object and activate the Transparency (Opacity) panel. 3. In the Transparency panel click on Make Mask button and choose Unclip. 4. Activate the mask, draw inside the mask or paste into it any image or object. 5. Apply as many effects as you prefer to the mask. 6. Select the object to get out of the Opacity Mask option.

Opacity Mask with Type and Effects.

Variation: Use blending modes, Opacity levels. Explore the image below the mask to reveal texture.

Opacity Mask

Working with Adobe Stock

Find the perfect image to enhance your next creative project. Right inside your Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

Preview watermarked images inside your designs first. Then license, access and manage them directly within Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and other Adobe desktop apps.

Add the images to Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries

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